Jeannine Lydia Wood Brown


Jeannine Lydia Wood Brown, 70, of Eldridge, died Monday, Jan. 25, in her home, following a short illness.

Family and friends are invited to a visitation on Thursday, January 28, 4-7 pm, at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home. A rosary will take place at 6:30 p.m. Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Davenport. Burial will take place at the Rock Island Arsenal.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Quad Cities Interfaith Housing, 519 Tremont Ave., Davenport, IA 52803, or to another of Jeannine’s favorite charities. A full list of organizations can be found at

Jeannine was born March 12, 1939, in Davenport, Iowa, to Juen Engelhardt Wood and Clifford Wood. She married Joseph Thomas “Tom” Brown Jr. on Nov. 25, 1960, in Davenport.


Having spent her early years as an only child, Jeannine was fascinated by genealogy. When she married Tom, she gained a huge family, as well as an excellent instructor in tracing family history — Tom’s grandmother, Rona Schneckloth Schaff. Jeannine even took German language classes to assist in her research efforts.

Jeannine was a voracious reader and loved to trade books with her sisters-in-law. She instilled her love for the written word in her children and her grandchildren.

Jeannine had a philanthropic soul, which she also passed down to her children. Even in lean years, Jeannine always found a coin for the Salvation Army kettle, or a simple gift for a child’s Christmas stocking. In her retirement, Jeannine was very involved in the charitable efforts of Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Ultimately, Jeannine’s greatest joy in life was her family and friends. She wanted nothing more than to be surrounded by people to love. Those who will miss her are too numerous to list, but each held a place in Jeannine’s heart.

Those left to honor her memory include Tom, her beloved husband. She told her children that she hoped they could all experience the love and contentment she had with their father. Her children and granddaughters: David (Gay Joel) of Minneapolis, Andy (Jenna Klein), Hannah and Lily of St. Paul, Minn.; John (Ann), Kate, Maggie and Elke of Montclair, N.J.; and Mickey (David Miller) of Mount Vernon, Iowa.

In addition, her sisters and brother: Patricia (Simon) Ramirez and Georgia (Butch) Mendonca, both of Schertz, Texas; and Kevin (Myndi) O’Shea of Port Byron, ll.. Her nieces and nephews: Amber (Peter) Douglas of Huntington Beach, Calif.; Kelly (Jason) Hodges of San Antonio, Texas; Randy Medley of Schertz, Texas; Jennifer (Mike) Dunsirn of Cibolo, Texas; Ryan O’Shea of Davenport, Kaitlin (Michael) Mannon of Geneseo; and Tara O’Shea of Bettendorf.

Her brothers- and sisters-in-law: Patricia, Chris and Carol Brown of Rock Island, Ill.; Kathy (Ron) Dankert, Michael (Jo), Terry (Deb), Tim (Patty), and Dan, all of Davenport; Philip (Penny) of Dixon, Iowa; and Jim (Patty) of Bettendorf.

Her nieces and nephews: Jennifer (Louis) Schnell of Coal Valley, Ill.; Amy (Mike) Gaghagen of Moline, Ill.; Adam (Laura) Brown of Muscatine; Jeremy, Justin, Melissa, Nick Brown and Alex (Laura) Pena of Davenport; Travis Brown of Newport Richey, Fla.; Anne Brown of East Moline; Sarah (Ben) Mills of Loveland, Colo.; Jamie and Samantha Brown of Bettendorf; and Christopher Brown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and her dear friend Sheila Brown of Davenport.

Jeannine was preceded in death by her parents; her mother-in-law, Arline Brown; her father-in-law, Joseph Thomas Brown Sr.; a nephew, Jason Brown; a brother-in-law, Bill Brown; and a sister-in-law, Nancy Duggan Brown.  Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed by visiting Mrs. Brown’s obituary at

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